Last year, Mötley Crüe revealed that guitarist Mick Mars would be stepping away from the band in a touring capacity due to health concerns relating to complications with Ankylosing spondylitis.
Former Crüe vocalist John Corabi said he didn’t believe the band’s statement that Mars was stepping away but rather was forced out of the group.
Mötley Crüe replaced Mars with longtime Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 and recently shared updates from their first rehearsals for “The World Tour” — the band’s co-headlining trek with Def Leppard.
Now for the first time since exiting the Crüe’s touring entourage, news has emerged on a new Mick Mars project. Country-rocker Cory Marks shared the news of a “huge” sounding project he’s working on with the 71-year-old guitar legend.
Marks wrote on Instagram: “Spent my Saturday hanging out with one of the coolest, sweetest, most kind down to earth bad a*ses on this planet that I’m lucky to call a friend. So many stories and a lot of laughs talking music, guns, planes, guitars, drums, travel, road stories (he’s got cooler ones than me),health, fitness, zombies, sex, drugs and rock and roll! I now know a lot more about @motleycrue @slash @therollingstones @defleppard and the on and only @ozzyosbourne … yes… If you’re wondering Ozzy did snort a bunch of aunts…”
Marks continued: “@mr.mickmars THANK YOU for having me over and letting me hear your new project…which sounds HUGE. The rock world is in for something weird, special, great and LOUD. Surreal walking into your studio and the first thing I see is a gold record on top of a bunch of @marshallamps stacked up together with my face and name on it and I’ll be sending you a couple more very soon. Don’t be surprised if you see Mars & Marks on more songs together down the road… Outlaws And Outsiders forever.”
Mars guested on Marks’ song “Outlaws & Outsiders” in late 2019. The track also featured guest spots from Travis Trott and Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody.
Early last year, accomplished multi-instrumentalist Paul Taylor spoke about writing with Mars on his yet-to-be-announced solo album.
“I wrote most of the record with Mick and [Alabama musician] Jacob Bunton, who sang with [former Guns N’ Roses drummer] Steve Adler,” Paul told the “Sonic Dorms” podcast. “Me and Jacob have written a lot of stuff for TV together. I’m really excited to have that come out.”
“Mick is so awesome, and just the endless cool things he comes up with and the palette of sounds,” he said. “There’s days I just go, ‘Is that guitar? Is that you doing all that?’ [It’s been] really fun. I’m very excited about that.”
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